Our hostel was a short 3-minute walk from the train station and was a ryokan-style accommodation. (A ryokan is a traditional Japanese inn.) The day we arrived was oppressively hot so we headed over to the Nara gyoen (park) to see the famous Nara deer. See, because of the Buddhist temples and the Temple of the Great Daibatsu, the deer of the city are considered sacred. That means they are left alone and can roam wherever they please. They typically stick to the parks, but we did see them wander in the streets and even up to the temple. Never missing an opportunity to make some money, the locals started selling deer biscuits so that lame tourists could feed the deer and pet them.
|We'd heard that they bow for biscuits. Turns out, so did we.|
|"You got any more of those biscuits?"|
|It's hard to tell how big he is, but I think I was about the size of his finger.|
For dinner we had udon and rice at a small mom and pop type noodle restaurant. The kind with a vending machine outside.